The New Adventures of Batman

The New Adventures of Batman is an animated series that aired on CBS from February 12 to May 28, 1977, featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and Batgirl. The series was a Filmation and DC Comics production in association with Warner Bros. Television (whose current parent company is Time Warner).

The New Adventures of Batman
New Adventures of Batman logo
Based onBatman
by Bob Kane and
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Directed byDon Towsley
Voices of
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Don Christensen
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 12 –
May 28, 1977
Chronology
Preceded byBatman (TV series), The Adventures of Batman

Plot

In The New Adventures of Batman, the "Dynamic Duo" fights crime in Gotham City, encountering the classic Batman rogues gallery as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is Bat-Mite, a well-meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman’s costume and attempts to help him, only to often create more problems. Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne; also notable in this series are the inverted colors of the circled "R" on Robin's costume.[1]

Voice cast

Production

Development

In September 1968, before The New Adventures of Batman Filmation Associates had created and aired an animated Batman series (pre-Bat-Mite), named The Batman/Superman Hour, for CBS. This series, the first Saturday Morning vehicle for the Caped Crusader, paired up new Batman and Robin adventures with old Superman/Superboy episodes. In 1969, it was repackaged into 30-minute episodes without the Man of Steel and renamed Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder.

The New Adventures of Batman was produced concurrently with Super Friends, which was produced by the competing Hanna-Barbera Productions and included Batman and Robin as members, marking a rare occurrence in animation history which saw two studios simultaneously producing series featuring the same characters. The main distinction was that in Filmation’s series, Batman and Robin were voiced by Adam West and Burt Ward, the lead actors of the 1960s Batman series. Hanna-Barbera's Batman and Robin were voiced by Olan Soule and Casey Kasem, who also voiced the Dynamic Duo for Filmation's 1968 version, The Batman/Superman Hour.

Airdates

The New Adventures of Batman originally premiered February 12, 1977 on CBS. The episodes from this series were later aired along with other Filmation shows—such as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976, CBS) —as part of: The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour (1977–1978 CBS), Tarzan and the Super 7 (1978–1980 CBS), and Batman and the Super 7 (1980–1981 NBC).

Missing villains

The Riddler and the Scarecrow were off-limits to the show, as Hanna-Barbera already had the rights to the characters for Challenge of the Superfriends (though Riddler does appear in the opening credits of the show in a pink colored costume, and was mentioned being arrested at the beginning of the episode "The Deep Freeze"). This is also the reason why the Joker could not appear in Challenge of the Superfriends, though he was planned as a Legion of Doom member.[2]

Episodes

No. Title Villain(s)
1"The Pest"Joker
The Joker steals an experimental hydrogen-powered car, disguising himself as the inventor, but without his knowledge of the car's weakness.
2"The Moonman"Moonman
Bruce Wayne's college friend, the astronaut Scott Rogers, has been infected with space waves that cause him to turn into the super-powered Moonman during a full moon.
3"Trouble Identity"Catwoman
Catwoman steals a machine that changes trash into fine fabrics, and frames Batgirl for the theft.
4"A Sweet Joke On Gotham City"Sweet Tooth
A villain exclusive to the show, Sweet Tooth, executes a plot 4 out of 5 dentists would reject: to turn Gotham City's water supply into chocolate syrup for a $10 million ransom.
5"The Bermuda Rectangle"Professor Bubbles
A villain named Professor Bubbles and his henchman, Flow, capture ships carrying pieces to a weapon he can use to take over the world.
6"Bite-Sized"Electro
The alien villain Electro shrinks Batman and Robin, controlling them with mind control to help him steal government secrets.
7"Reading, Writing & Wronging"Penguin
The Penguin opens a crime school and steals Batman and Robin's utility belts.
8"The Chameleon"Chameleon, Dr. Devious
A shapeshifting villain named the Chameleon plans to shut down Gotham City's new lunar/solar collector. Chameleon actually turns out to be a robot created by an evil professor named Dr. Devious (who looks and sounds strangely enough like the late actor Edward Everett Horton).
9"He Who Laughs Last"Joker
The Joker escapes from prison, planning to get revenge on Batman and Robin by giving them a series of clues linked to his crimes.
10"The Deep Freeze"Mr. Freeze
After seeing a news bulletin where Gotham City Police has announced the capture of Joker, Riddler, and seven of the most wanted criminals by Batman and Robin, Mr. Freeze and his henchman Professor Frost plan to steal the N-1000 (a superfast submarine) to pull off the crime of the century.
11"Dead Ringers"Clayface
Clayface poses as Batman and forces a reformed criminal turned circus acrobat to pose as Robin in order to abduct Arab oil minister Basil Oram.
12"Curses! Oiled Again!"Clayface, Catwoman
During a cold snap, Catwoman and Clayface join forces to steal oil. At the same time, a TV newscaster named Boyd Baxter seeks to show up Batman.
13"Birds Of A Feather Fool Around Together"Penguin, Joker
In order to win a criminals' election against Joker, Penguin invents the "Crime Slime", which can turn people into criminals. It makes him and Bat-Mite switch bodies and seems to affect Batman and Robin, too.
14"Have An Evil Day (Part 1)"Zarbor, Joker, Penguin, Clayface, Catwoman
Zarbor, a criminal from Bat-Mite's home dimension of Ergo, comes to Earth, enlisting Batman's enemies to keep the Caped Crusaders busy while he steals America's nuclear power plants.
15"Have An Evil Day (Part 2)"Zarbor, Joker, Penguin, Clayface, Catwoman
Batman and Robin, the villains, and Bat-Mite follow Zarbor back to Ergo, hoping to foil his takeover plans, and recover the stolen nuclear power plants.
16"This Looks Like A Job For Bat-Mite!"Zarbor
Zarbor escapes jail in Ergo and returns to Earth, planning to become its ruler – with help from the Dynamic Duo.

Home media

The New Adventures of Batman was released on DVD format on June 26, 2007 by Warner Home Video (via DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment); all sixteen episodes are collected, and are presented in its original, uncut broadcast presentation and original airdate order. A retrospective detailing the creation of the series titled "Dark Vs. Light: Filmation and The Batman" featuring Filmation historian Michael Swanigan and Filmation founder Lou Scheimer is included as well.

One episode (the first one, titled "The Pest") was released along with an episode of Tarzan in the Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 1 DVD, also released by Warner Home Video.

Legacy

Homage was paid to The New Adventures of Batman in a 1998 episode of Bruce Timm's The New Batman Adventures. In the DVD release audio commentary for the 1998-1999 season, Timm and the rest of the series creators (writer Paul Dini, director Dan Riba, artist Glen Murakami, and storyboarder James Tucker) explain that the first segment of the October 10, 1998 episode "Legends of the Dark Knight" purposely makes use of the same designs The New Adventures of Batman used for the Joker, Batman and Robin, as well as the same color schemes and shading in a nod to both The New Adventures of Batman and to Batman artist Dick Sprang, whose style heavily influenced the visuals of the Filmation cartoon (along with Neal Adams). They further explain that the episode segment also purposely makes use of the trademark silliness and corny tone of the original series (which differs from the darker, serious tone of Timm's series) and also mimics the low frame rate animation style used by Filmation.[3]

The original villain Sweet Tooth makes a cameo appearance in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "A Bat Divided".

References

  1. ^ "The New Adventures of Batman". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  2. ^ http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2011/07/super-70s-and-80s-super-friendsdarrell.html
  3. ^ , Information stated by the 1990s Batman Animated series Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, Dan Riba and James Tucker, in the audiocomments for the episode "Legends of the Dark Knight" on the series' 4th season DVD release. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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